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Folks are Goin' Nutty or These Wholesome Sweet and Savory Creations

By Elisha Neubauer

Q's Nuts was born from the belief that wholesome ingredients, a love of good food, and a passion for creating in the kitchen would bear some of the finest tasting roasts around. The concept was brought to life in 2000 when Beth and Brian 'Q' Quinn decided to launch the small family business.

Considered an artisan nut company, Q's Nuts does everything with love. They only craft small batches at a time utilizing only the finest ingredients, in order to ensure a perfect roast every time. Their goal is to perfect and offer only a fresh quality product -- no substitutions or exceptions.

"We are a small batch roaster," explain the Quinns, "meaning we produce in small 5 pound batches. This assures our product is roasted and packaged immediately and our inventory is turned very quickly. We do not warehouse product, so everything we sell is extremely fresh."

One of the most impressive things about Q's Nuts isn't the batch size, but rather, the batch tastes. With a unique flavor lineup, the Quinns seem to draw their inspirations from their daily lives: meals they've eaten, places they've visited, with a few closely held family recipes thrown in the mix.

This wide-spread muse has crafted a list of incredible tastes, including selections such as chocolate lavender almonds and cashews; cayenne mango cashews, almonds, and pecans; and rosemary cashews. The company offers something for everyone from sweet to savory, and even spicy. Everything on the menu is gluten, soy, and dairy free -- so vegan eaters don't need to worry!

The business, which once started as a portable roaster toted from farmer's market to farmer's market, has now turned into an impressive spread in a brick and mortar location. Open from 11-7 every Wednesday to Sunday, the shop has taken the Quinns passions further than they could have imagined. The quaint shop features wooden paneling, soft lighting, and an overall feel of love and dedication emulating from the Quinns themselves.

While roasting is their true passion, there is one other thing that the Quinns are avid about: community. "We feel that collaboration with other small, local companies is not only important to forge relationships within the business community, but also to support small sized businesses like ourselves and to support the local economy," they explain.

The Quinns truly believe that forging these relationships with other like companies (in the food company industry) is what creates the local food scene. It also helps to form a network, getting everyone's names out there for the community to find and builds some fantastic business relationships that otherwise wouldn't have happened.

"There are so many quality ingredients produced and grown in this area," The Quinns say. "These relationships also provide the additional benefit of more exposure to your product by networking with other local companies."

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